If you’re an avid follower of Steve Magnate’s YouTube channel, chances are you’re an auto geek or someone who wants to buy the “gold” piled up in the junkyard. He is a legend and his knowledge of classic cars is admirable. Steve recently spotted his unique Chevy pickup his truck at Burlington Auto Wrecking in Massachusetts.
He describes it as “the holy trinity of Chevrolet pickups.” And with the booming craze and demand for these classic Chevrolet trucks over the past five years, it turned out to be the best deal. And the basic criteria for a classic Chevy truck to roll its eyeballs include his three conditions that make up the “Holy Trinity.”
The video also reveals some interesting facts about the lead role and that Steve has worked as Barrett Jackson’s on-stage vehicular commentator for the past 18 years. Steve Magnate takes us on an informative tour of this mystery-packed pick-me-up and shows you that being a junkyard detective costs money!
He also gives us a peek at the equally interesting pickups stacked around this classic chevroletCheck out Steve’s enlightening video. I hope the owner milks it to the max from the special pickup and puts it back together to raise some eyebrows.
Steve Magnante gives us a short, mystical tour of a junkyard Chevrolet pickup that could be a six-figure car if restored with the “Holy Trinity” in mind.
Steve Checks Junkyard’s Classic Chevy Pickup
The classic Chevrolet pickup that Steve checks out in this video is a Chevrolet pickup built between 1967 and 1872 that has been getting a lot of attention from buyers over the last few years. The specimen seen in the video above is a 1972 Chevrolet C10 truck that happens to be in pretty decent shape. The body is unused, and even though it has been stored outdoors, there is almost no rust.
Holy Trinity: Halfton.two-wheel drive; short bed
But it’s not all types of C10 Chevrolet pickups that are in demand. Steve says the criteria for these Chevrolet trucks to break through the roof at today’s value starts with having a “Holy Trinity.” It shows a half-ton, two-wheel-drive, short-bed layout body and powertrain style.
When these three bits come together, it’s a feast. A basic restoration of a 1960s Chevy pickup at the Holy Trinity can easily set you back at least $8,000. The junkyard Steve stumbled upon here was packed with his popular 350 cu.in V8 motor, as well as an optional automatic his transmission using a column shifter.
Steve Magnante Becomes Auto Detective
But there is a mystery to this particular Chevrolet C/K truck. From the outside it looks like it meets the “Holy Trinity” standard, but looking elsewhere it’s a bit confusing.Steve has his SPID (service parts identification label) on the inside of his box. ) and found that the VIN starts with “CK”. And “CK” is adopted for trucks with 4WD layout.
However, the truck in the photo was clearly a 2WD layout, so the VIN should start with “CC”. Instead of jumping to conclusions right away, Steve decided to dig deeper. The engine in it is indeed a small block of 350 cu.in and the truck also has the option of power steering. He goes around and checks another information plate stamped on the door threshold. It matches what I saw in the glove box.
So the mystery is solved. Someone took the body and truck bed of his 4WD Chevy pickup and slammed it into the base of a 2WD Chevy pickup. This was further justified by the hole along the center of the cabin where the transfer case from the 4WD transmission would have been.Steve also went under the truck and, specific to the coil-spring equipped pickup, his 12 Showed me the rear axle of the bolt.
Steve teases other icons near Chevrolet pickup
Chevrolet pick-up trucks obviously aren’t the only special trucks featured in this video. As Steve moves around the track, he catches a glimpse of several other pickups stored around the Chevrolet. We see the GMC Sonoma, the lesser-known cousin of the hugely popular GMC S10 pickup.
Then there are two unique trucks hidden under the seat. A classic VW Golf-based pickup, known around the world as the Volkswagen Rabbit, and his GMC cameo from the 1950s, likely modified to some extent. Interestingly, all three of these his trucks were white.
Junkyard Chevrolet with lots of potential
In this video, Steve shows us the surprises hidden in rusty old cars in junkyards. And it takes a keen eye and a detective mind to unravel the Chevrolet-like mystery he stumbles upon. This truck is in pretty good condition and could bring in big bucks to its owner if revived correctly. For just $8,000 you can convert it to a 4WD layout.
There were only 7,805 4WDs, which would take away the truck’s ‘Holy Trinity’ status. Half a ton; made by short bed Chevrolet C10s. So you can get an edge on scarcity. This would get a lot of attention at auction houses like Barrett-Jackson’s. Alternatively, owners can stick to the “Holy Trinity” layout and restore it to a Pro Touring truck with guaranteed close to $140,000 in bags.
Source: Steve Magnante via YouTube